If you’re thinking about being an architect, be prepared for seven years of study!
Although it sounds scary, Rohit gives us a friendly look into life as an architecture student and the opportunities that are available along the way.
Tell us about yourself.
I was born and bred in east London.
I would describe myself as a calm and collected person who pays attention to detail. I like to be tactile and experiment with my work materially and sculpturally to create architecture that is playful and atmospheric.
Did you know right away what type of designer you wanted to be?
It was from an early age that I knew I wanted to take the creative path in life. It was something that came naturally to me and I just went with it.
During sixth form, I studied all art-based subjects, it was difficult to decide because I enjoyed them all. However, I chose the route of architecture because I felt it was inclusive of all of the elements I enjoyed from the various subjects. For example, I would get to experiment with graphics, model making, rendering, drawing, sketching, material studies and presenting. I felt that it was the most flexible option for me.
What’s the biggest truth or myth about studying architecture?
If you know architecture is something you want to explore, go for it! It is a great way to explore and identify what you like and what type of designer you will be. I could feel that every year I was getting more and more skilled.
“Don’t worry about being wrong – it is a place to generate ideas.”
Although it takes seven years to qualify as an architect, it is a process that is broken up into three parts. If you decide during your part 1 (BA architecture) that it is not for you, you can always use your qualification to go into different creative fields.
What’s the best thing you’ve done so far?
The best thing that has come out of me graduating with my bachelors in architecture is that I get to travel. It has opened many doors for me and I have had the opportunity to work in places like Paris and Spain.
Paint us a picture of how you like to work.
During the day, I tend to just observe and generate ideas. During the night is when I tend to work. Headphones in and world out.
What inspires you?
Without a doubt, all the arts are connected and as a designer I like to explore other fields. As clichéd as it sounds, all good design inspires me – more specifically, the Japanese and Nordic scene. I am also inspired by anything Zen, plants and cacti in general.
Any top tips?
My top tip would be don’t stress out! Be calm and collected.
I hope to continue my route towards becoming an architect, whilst enjoying the pleasures of travelling and soaking up good design!
Check out Rohit’s involvement in Laisné Roussel’s ‘Flower Pavillion’ on Design Boom
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